Despite its unauthorized status, this hourlong documentary offers a comprehensive survey of the Beatles' career, from the escalation of Beatlemania to the band's disintegration in 1970. It's a suitable primer for neophyt... more »es, not as illuminating as the epic-length Beatles Anthology (how could it be?), but offering material that can't be found elsewhere, including interview clips with associates from the Beatles' early days (such as Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry and former Cavern Club owner Ray McFall). A few myths are corrected, and familiar archival footage covers all the Beatle basics, from the "bigger than Jesus" backlash to speculation, disregarded here as erroneous, that Yoko Ono broke up the Beatles. Due to licensing restrictions, music is supplied by the "Bootleg Beatles," a look-alike nostalgia group seen in a closing segment as a pale echo of the Fab Four, playing to the kind of younger audience that this video is intended for. --Jeff Shannon« less
Jeff Beal | Schaumburg, IL United States | 08/01/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you are some kind of bad documentary junkie who can't get enough of the VH1 Behind the Music ..., this is the video for you. Beatles fans, stay away! I'd really only give this "specialty" item one half star. Not one note of Beatles music is on this tape (the makers obviously didn't have the time or money to actually get licensed fab four tunes). Instead, we get a blend of elevator muzak and other sound-alike liverpudlian bands, neither of which could fool a toddler into thinking it was them. Not since the Ed Rudy "live" rip-offs of the 1960's have I seen such a blatant violation of the Sacred Beatles' name. I spit on this tape.Adding insult to injury, a bunch of "groupies" share meaningless tidbits of information with us, none of which having much relevence to Beatles' history. Aside from some rare interview material it is utterly useless and a terrible disgrace. BEWARE!"
One Of The Best Documentarys On The Beatles!!!!
nat adamo | 04/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Story Of The Beatles Is Very Good!This Gives You Inside Details On And About The Legendary Beatles!I Highly Recomend That If Your A Big Beatle Fan To Get This Movie!!!!!"
nat adamo | brooklyn, new york United States | 08/23/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really anticipated this video being a die-hard fan of the Bea tles.But there is precious little new information and footage.There is too much commentary from people that I am not interested in. This reinforces my feeling that the producers needed something to fill in the gap.The video runs about 60 minutes and at times fleshes out film we are all familiar with but very briefly.If you are new to the Beatles or have a casual interest and don't want to spend the money for the Anthology ,you might enjoy this.As for me this was just a momentary fix!"
A Beatles documentary without The Beatles music?
Vagif Abilov | Kolbotn Norway | 01/25/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I second the opinion of another reviewer who also gave this film one star. Whatever artistic reasons film makers had in mind, it is simply impossible to make a decent film about the Beatles without including a piece from their song. And it smells cheap! I'm not well informed Beatles expert, but I know the names of George Martin and Derek Taylor. No words by these people, instead all film is based on interviews with two-three others who were indeed witnesses but in no way took part in the Beatles art.
This is a budget film, do you want it or not. And the Beatles deserved something better."
Julie A.K. Ross | Idaho | 08/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're new to the Beatles, then DON'T start here. This is a bisic overview to the Beatles, but does not go into enough depth to fully understand and contains no music. If you're a die-hard fan, then I would go ahead with it, because thereis some unique footage and spectacular interviews on this disc; the highlights for me are the footage of the Bootleg Beatles and the way Paul talks back to the press about his taking LSD. There is also 1966 footage of interviews with the radio stations about John's "bigger than Jesus" statement, as well as with fans about how they reacted. The fascinating footage and the unique interviews make this DVD great. However, if you are new to the Beatles, start with the "Anthology" boxed set."